As if we needed another reason to cut teachers bloated benefit packages...
(Chicago Tribune) — The nation’s largest teachers union voted Monday to support President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid, marking one of the earliest union endorsements for the administration.The NEA has shown they are a wholly owned organ of the Democratic Party. They have endorsed Obama for 2012 before Republicans even decide who their candidate will be.
About 72 percent of the National Education Association’s representative assembly voted to recommend the president’s candidacy to its 3.2 million members, despite past disagreements between the Obama administration and many rank-and-file teachers who dislike parts of the president’s reform agenda.
An estimated 5,414 members cast their support for the president while 2,102 members said no during the summer convention held in Chicago.
The NEA becomes one of the first labor unions to formally support the president in 2012.
“We have the same shared vision of America. (The president) has always talked about the importance of education from preschool to the graduate level,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. ” I don’t mind fighting on how to get to that shared vision. I believe out of that discussion may come ideas that neither one of us thought about and may be better.”